In this expose on the latest trend of Drag Queens reading books to children in libraries, Bob McCoskrie examines the background to Drag Queens, the content of their shows, and he asks the simple question – why do libraries and public facilities want adult entertainers to engage with children?
Our children are being bombarded by ‘sexuality and gender’ messaging 24/7. Online, in the classroom1, everywhere. It’s a battle to indoctrinate the minds of our children.
And there’s now a new show in town targeting young kids in this hypersexualised culture war – Drag Queens.
According to Wikipedia, a Drag Queen is:
“…a person, usually male, who uses drag clothing and makeup to imitate and often exaggerate female gender signifiers and gender roles for entertainment purposes. In modern times, drag queens are associated with gay men and gay culture, but people of other genders and sexual identities also perform as drag queens… Drag shows frequently include lip-syncing, live singing, and dancing. They occur at events like gay pride parades, carnivals and drag pageants and in venues such as cabarets and nightclubs.” 2
According to Britannica:
“Historically, gay men in the United States expressed prejudice against drag queens for appearing “too gay” or for giving gays a “bad name.” Yet, it is widely accepted that gay and lesbian social movements in the United States can be traced to the night of June 28, 1969, when the Stonewall riots in the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan began as a group of drag queens actively resisted arrest. Drag queens at Stonewall in 1969 are credited with being on the front lines fighting for gay and lesbian liberation.” 3
It’s now being targeted at very young children. Fisher-Price4, the American company that produces educational toys for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers, recently released its “Fisher-Price Little People Collector RuPaul” figurines. RuPaul is a male drag queen who has hosted the show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on US television for fourteen seasons.
On its website, the American multinational toy manufacturing and entertainment company Mattel (owner of Fisher-Price) says:
“Fans can bring home the glamour and fabulosity of the famous drag performer with the special edition Little People Collector™ RuPaul® figure set from Fisher-Price®. This fun figure set celebrates the iconic American actor, singer, model and television personality with three Little People® figures inspired by dazzling looks from a truly amazing career…Each figure is styled in a different fabulous look from the iconic drag performer’s career…This must-have figure set comes in a specially designed, gift-ready package, perfect for any fan’s display shelf.” 5
Mattel then ominously states a target audience for the drag queen figurines – children as young as one:
“Special edition Little People Collector™ figure set featuring 3 RuPaul® character figures [is] for fans ages 1-101 years”
Other woke companies have joined the trend. In 2022, Pizza Hut faced boycott calls after promoting a book for kids as young as pre-K (that’s kindergarten age) that “celebrates drag kids” for the company’s “Book It!” reading incentive program.6 The “Book It!” website features the book “Big Wig” which, according to the Simon & Schuster website, “celebrates drag kids.” 7
Just to prove how woke Disney has become, Disney+ promoted a Drag Queen special for children, encouraging kids as young as kindergarten to join the gender identity and trans activist US organisation called GLSEN.8
Here in New Zealand, a recent series of Dancing with the Stars had its own Drag Queen judge whom – according to the media9 – “many will recognise from his starring turn as Elektra Shock on RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under and House of Drag.”
And now – coming to a library near you – “Rainbow Storytimes”, aimed at toddlers to intermediate students.
Drag Queens Erika and CoCo Flash, fully clad in glitter and sequins, are “coming out” – to libraries to “bring us some special rainbow storytimes.” 10
“These glamorous and colourful queens will be leading interactive games and reading stories to our tamariki all about acceptance, inclusion, and having confidence in yourself. Embracing sequins, colours, and all things rainbow, expect to have an electric storytelling experience like no other! Children of all ages are welcome to attend with their caregivers — deck yourself our in your rainbow regalia, bring your teddies or unicorn plushies, and get ready to have a super awesome time!”
There’s also a “Rainbow Living Library”:
“No question is taboo as Erika and CoCo educate you on LGBTQIA+ and drag culture, and promote the importance of being allies to the rainbow community. The Living Library event is targeted mainly at teens and adults, but curious tamariki are more than welcome to come along as well, with your caregivers in tow!” 11
It’s pretty clear what the purpose of this all is.
It’s definitely not about encouraging reading for very young children. That’s the smokescreen.
The real question is – why does an adult entertainer want to engage with children?
Here’s the interesting bit. There was a feature on Drag Queens on the state broadcaster TVNZ’s youth site called “Re”.12 They meet two Auckland Drag Queens Kita Mean and Anita Wigl’it who run a bar and cabaret in Auckland.13
The Drag Queens admit they are like adult clowns – and that’s probably why children find them amusing. There’s a hint of the flavour of their shows and personas in the interview, but then it gets more blatant…
“..I always say you’re probably gonna be shocked at the things that come out of my mouth but you should really be more worried about the things that go into my mouth and I feel like that’s the perfect analogy for you know, like, we’re gonna say some horrific things but you know, like, the things that we say about ourselves and do to ourselves throughout the course of the night are so much worse, so just come along for the ride and you’re gonna love it…”
But the ultimate purpose?
“…it’s sort of the gateway from the gay community to the straight community. The straight people come to [the show] to have a look at the gays and see what they’re up to…”
In a more recent episode from TVNZ’s site “Re”, Auckland drag trio Miss Manage, Miss Givings and Miss Demeanour put their baking skills to the test with Nigella Lawson’s margarita chocolate cake. 14
“We are here today to get real f**k’ed up… to bake a cake… with a marguerita cream ‘cause we’re a bit saucy.”
They even managed to introduce a dog collar into the cooking demonstration, and explained that their Christmas show had involved a nativity scene, in which “Miss Demeanour was the shepherd’s sheepdog and came out in a full bondage pup mask.”
Last week there was a furore over Ranui Community library in Auckland hosting a “very special Valentine’s Day present for you: A Drag Storytime for Pride Month! Come celebrate with us… as our children’s librarian and our special guest read pride-themed family-friendly stories” 15 The special guest is drag queen Medulla Oblongata – performing here https://youtu.be/xWX5SZTQuBY . (This quickly gives you an idea of the typical content of a Drag Queen performance. Here are some other examples. 16 17 18)
Let’s be clear. Drag queens are an adult expression of LGBT communities. Even they admit that. Strip dancing, sexuality, cross dressing, sexualised content, adult entertainment.
If it’s targeted at adults, so be it. That’s an adult choice.
But it’s now being deliberately targeted at children, and their moral innocence.
The evidence is overwhelming.
I repeat the real question in all of this – why does an adult entertainer want to engage with children? Why do libraries and public facilities want adult entertainers to engage with children?
Would it also surprise you if Drag Queens were now being ordained as ministers in some church denominations?
Last year, the United Methodist Church in the USA accepted Isaac Simmons, who regularly preaches dressed as a drag queen under the name Ms. Penny Cost, as a candidate for ordination.19 In a highly offensive video on his own website, the self-described “dragavangelist” says “God is nothing”.20
Not surprisingly, the United Methodist Church is splitting over the issue of sexuality. Conservatives argue that Simmons’ role as a celebrated figure among progressive Methodists proves the church has become so radically liberal as to ordain someone so blatantly rejecting the basic tenets of Christian theology. Progressives promote Simmons and invite him to preach in drag as a way to challenge the conservative position on sexuality that the denomination officially still takes.
Southern Baptist pastor Albert Mohler – the author of the superb book “We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking truth to a culture redefining sex, marriage, & the very meaning of right & wrong” 21, said the United Methodist Church’s decision to make Simmons a certified candidate for ordination was,
“…an intentional refutation and revolt against the very order of creation that God has given us, and a direct violation of the clear teachings of Scripture concerning the fact that those whom God has made as men should identify as men.
“This is open revolt, and of course, you’re going to see a division between those who are appalled by it, deeply troubled by it, deeply concerned by it and opposed to it on the one hand, and those who celebrate it and say that it’s arrived far too late on the other hand.” 22
If parents stop taking their kids to Drag Queen events, there won’t be anyone in attendance.
If nobody goes, maybe they’ll stop hosting them.
But at least keep your eyes wide open to what the purpose of all of this is.
It’s a way to promote and normalise extreme sexuality and gender ideology. Promotion through woke companies – who hopefully will go broke. And now, through government libraries and public facilities.
It’s being targeted at your children and grandchildren.
It’s time to push back and say – no thanks.
[ By the way, if I was in Australia, this article could land me in court. In early 2020, two drag queens sued ex-head of the Australian Christian Lobby Lyle Shelton for “vilification”. His alleged crime was to write a blog that highlighted that drag queens were promoting genderfluid ideology to children and that they were “dangerous role models” after they appeared at a drag queen story time event for children at a Brisbane City Council library.23 The drag queens made a complaint to the Queensland Human Rights Commission alleging that the post was vilification because it incited hatred, severe ridicule and serious contempt towards them. His trial for alleged vilification and “hate speech” in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal finished in December last year after three days of hearings. The almost three-year legal ordeal is almost over as he awaits judgement.24 You can watch my interview with Lyle here https://youtu.be/uJrn26V5vpg ]
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- share this article with friends and family to warn them
- respectfully challenge public organisations and their leaders who host these events with the simple question – why do libraries and public facilities want adult entertainers to engage with children?